SECTIONAL WRESTLING: Trojans advance eight, take first at 1A sectional
OGDEN – The fifth-ranked West Marshall wrestling team did what it was supposed to do at its Class 1A sectional on Saturday. The Trojans dominated.
Behind four first-place finishes and four runner-up tallies, the Trojans won the Ogden sectional with 244 points and advanced to the regional team duals for the second straight season and third time in the last four years.
Seniors Kyle Blocker, Tanner Arnold and Devin Chesler and sophomore Dale Hilleman all won their weight classes, while Cole Needham, Brandon Overman, James Long and Christopher Sjoblom also advanced to the district tournament with second-place finishes.
West Marshall’s 244 points were 41.5 more than No. 4 Fort Dodge St. Edmond, which also advanced to the regional team duals after a second-place finish. Host Ogden was third with 181 points, Prairie Valley was fourth with 174.5 and South Hamilton finished fifth with 136.
West Marshall will wrestle Lynnville-Sully as the No. 10 seed at Don Bosco on Tuesday. Don Bosco is the No. 7 seed and it will take on Jesup.
Blocker, Arnold, Hilleman and Chesler all cruised through their brackets, recording nothing but falls on their way to the championship.
Blocker spent a total of five minutes on the mat in his two matches and won the 138-pound weight class with ease. Blocker, the top-ranked wrestler at 138, is 45-0 on the year.
Arnold wrestled three times but his first two matches were finished in 53 seconds and 1:11. He won his 152-pound championship match in 2:47. The sixth-ranked Arnold is now 39-3 this year.
Hilleman needed just 0:52 seconds to win his first match and also claimed the 160-pound championship with a fall in 59 seconds. His semifinal match took just 2:28. Hilleman is ranked fifth and improved to 38-4 this season.
Chesler wrestled twice and scored pins in 1:55 and 3:05 to claim the 170-pound title. The seventh-ranked Chesler is now 35-4.
Needham, who is ranked No. 5, started out his day at 113 with two wins and then lost in the championship to the top-seeded Kaden McClintock by fall in 1:24. McClintock, ranked fourth, is now 40-0 on the season.
Overman won his first two matches by fall at 182 but lost 3-1 in the championship match to top-seeded Dillon Nelson of Fort Dodge St. Edmond.
Sjoblom earned two easy pins – 43 and 18 seconds – in his first two matches before losing to top-seeded and ninth-ranked Matt Streit of Prairie Valley 8-2 in the finals. Sjoblom needed a wrestleback to advance but he won that match by fall in 3:16.
The other runner-up was Long, who wrestled twice and went 1-1. He won his first match by fall and lost by fall to top-seeded Josh Lutter of South Hamilton. He did not need a wrestleback to advance.
The Trojans will compete at the district tournament in Jewell, which will be hosted by South Hamilton. The district also features the top two finishers at the Class 1A sectional in Lake Mills.
Lux wins title, STC just short of advancement
TIFFIN – South Tama County senior Erik Lux began his title defense with an easy run at the Clear Creek-Amana Class 2A sectional.
Lux spent less than four minutes on the mat in his two matches and easily won the 170-pound title. The Trojans also sent five other wrestlers to the district meet with second-place finishes and nearly advanced to the regional team duals.
South Tama County finished in third with 189.5 points and trailed the second and final qualifying spot by 6.5 points. Mount Vernon rolled to the team title with 242 points and Williamsburg also advanced with 196. Benton (152.5), Solon (140) and Clear Creek-Amana (76) were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Lux is now 45-0 on the year as the top-ranked 170-pounder won both of his matches by pin – the first in 1:08 and the second in 2:32.
The other district qualifiers were Jaret Probasco (106), Kade Steuhm (126), Levi Kaufman (152), Kolton Smith (160) and Kyle Llewellyn (182).
Probasco was involved in three pins, winning two of those matches in less than two minutes each. He won his wrestleback in 1:04.
Steuhm pulled off an upset on his way to second place. He won his first match by fall in 1:12 and then lost a 3-0 decision in the semifinals. But he recovered in the consolation match by winning an 8-6 decision in sudden victory and then knocked off top-seeded Carter Carew in the wrestleback. In that match, he pinned Carew with 25 seconds to go in the final period.
Kaufman went 2-1 on the day. He won his first match by fall in 2:50 but suffered a 10-6 setback in the finals. He would have to wrestleback to punch his ticket to the district meet and that was no problem as he won 12-1 over Williamsburg’s Aaron Miller.
Smith had to contend with just three other wrestlers at 160 pounds. He won his first match by fall over second-seeded Aaron Shulista of Solon and then lost by fall to top-seeded Trey Ryan of Mount Vernon. He also would need a wrestleback but advanced after beat Williamsburg’s Cody Maine 11-4.
The final qualifier was Llewellyn, who was second at 182. He won his first match by a 7-5 decison over second-seeded Matt Quinn of Solon and then lost by fall to No. 1 seeded Mitchell Jilovec of Mount Vernon in the finals. Like his teammates, Llewellyn was forced into a wrestleback and he won by fall over Williamsburg’s Colin Bryant.
South Tama County will travel to Solon on Saturday for the district tournament. That district also will feature the top two finishers from the Vinton-Shellsburg sectional.
AGWSR crowns two champs, team takes third
CLARKSVILLE – Clay Meinders and Hunter Wagner were both crowned champions at the Class 1A Clarksville sectional on Saturday and AGWSR also advanced Levi Stockdale to the district tournament following a second-place finish.
The Cougars though missed out on a regional team dual advancement by 22.5 points as they took third behind champion Don Bosco and runner-up Aplington-Parkersburg. Don Bosco won easily with 230 points, while the Falcons also advanced with 196.5. AGWSR scored 174, which edged out Dike-New Hartford (168.5) for third. Clarksville was fifth with 159.
Meinders was seeded second but was the only wrestler ranked at 195. The 10th ranked Meinders won both of his matches by fall and spent exactly 4 minutes on the mat, improving to 36-6 on the year.
Wagner also was seeded second but went 2-0 on the day at 145. He won his opening match 8-3 and then upset the top-seeded Gavin Eastman of Aplington-Parkersburg in the final. He won by fall in 4:56 and is now 31-13 on the year.
Stockdale took to the mat three times and went 2-1 at 160. He won his first two matches by decision – 5-0 and 2-1 – and then lost in the championship to top-seeded Jake Hogan of Don Bosco. He did not have to wrestleback.
Both Dakota Schwebke and Austin Dolleslager had to wrestleback to advance at their weights and each lost to finish third.
The Clarksville sectional with pair up with the Sumner-Fredericksburg sectional and compete at districts at Aplington-Parkersburg.